Divino Espinoza in spotlight Friday

In this week’s big fight, unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Rafael “El Divino” Espinoza (24-0, 20 KOs), who recently inked a multi-fight co-promotional agreement with Top Rank, will make the first defense of his world title against WBO #2 rated countryman Sergio Chirino (22-1, 13 KOs) on Friday inside the BleauLive Theater at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas.

The 6’1 Espinoza is the tallest world champion in featherweight history. He earned the WBO title with a stunning upset over Robeisy Ramirez last December. Espinoza canme off the canvas to rally late and drop Ramirez in the twelfth, nearly stopping him before the final bell.

The co-feature pits unbeaten junior lightweight Andres “Savage” Cortes (21-0, 12 KOs) against Abraham “El Super” Nova (23-2, 16 KOs) in a ten-rounder. The entire card will be streamed on ESPN+.

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  • Big fight? Hardly. Chirino has a padded record and is not a deserving opponent for Espinoza.

    • The same case could have been made about Espinoza going into the Ramirez fight.

      • This is true, Lucie. I guess my point is that these featherweight belt holders should be fighting each other. I guess Inoue will have to beat four guys to become undisputed when he eventually moves up.

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